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Alzheimer’s Caused By Loss of Cannabinoids, Study Shows

Alzheimer’s Caused By Loss of Cannabinoids, Study Shows

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Early deficits in Alzheimer’s may be caused by blockage of the brain’s cannabinoids, according to research out of Stanford University.

Clumps of protein in the brain, called beta-amyloid plaques, are the primary marker of Alzheimer’s disease. For long, scientists knew that these clumps interfered with memory signals in the brain — but they weren’t sure how.

Now a team from Stanford University School of Medicine has traced the effects of beta-amyloid plaque to activity of the brain’s endogenous cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids. These compounds are produced naturally by the brain and mimic the effects of compounds in cannabis. Among many functions, cannabinoids play a key role in memory and learning.

Looking at brain slices taken from rats…

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